Anxious to get back to San Fran after two nights in Napa, we hit the road early determined to make the most of the time we had left. In all honesty, I think we felt the slightest tinge of remorse for splitting our time between the two places. We enjoyed Napa, but (if you can’t tell already), we LOVED San Fran. Had we planned our time in Napa differently (go with a group of friends… hire a driver… find wineries that weren’t, oh, a hundred bucks for a pair of tastings), our outlook may have been different – but as is, it didn’t quite meet our expectations. Zero regrets, though. We felt good crossing wine country off our list, and with half a day to spend in the city, we could get plenty done.
Our first stop: Muir Woods.
Right up our alley. Maybe we’re just deprived of seeing trees (other than mesquite) and this type of vegetation in Scottsdale, but we walked around in wonder, faces towards the sky. These guys are huge, reaching up to 250 feet!
We had just about an hour and a half to spend in the woods, which was more than enough to make a quick loop. A very friendly photographer we met along the way claims the best parts are off the main trail, so Muir Woods is definitely going back on the to do list for our next trip.
Just one tip for visiting:
GO EARLY. I realize I say this a lot but in this case, we arrived just after the park opened at 8 and were able to get a parking spot near the entrance and avoid the entrance fee. Not long after, the crowds start to stream in, which may make parking very difficult and it certainly made for a less serene experience.
Feeling highly satisfied, back to San Fran we went….